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MINNESOTA LEGISLATURE

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While metro races will be front and center in the contest for the House, other Greater Minnesota regions could make a big difference in the Senate, where Democrats hold 31 seats. Historic Democratic strongholds in northeast Minnesota’s Iron Range appear to be leaning more toward Republicans, and population centers like Rochester have started to lean more Democratic as they grow and change demographically.
The League of Women Voters of the Willmar Area plans several 2022 election candidate forums over the next few weeks.
Minnesota set its current goals in 2007 when the state adopted the bipartisan Next Generation Energy Act, which called for an 80% reduction in 2005-level emissions by 2050.
In July, edible cannabis products became legal in the state, but the legislation that opened up that door had minimal regulation and no taxation requirements.
From the editorial: Don’t expect a legislative fix anytime soon
The report from Senate Education Chair Roger Chamberlain asserts the Minnesota Department of Education did not take proper safeguards against fraud, which “greatly magnified the scope of the loss.” His DFL counterpart on the education committee called the report "partisan" and one-sided." The education department has stood by the way it approached tens of millions in fraud at the nonprofit Feeding Our Future.

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Minnesota is among a group of states that have not conformed their codes to a federal law exempting student loan debt forgiveness from taxes. Changing that has bipartisan backing, but any action will likely have to wait until January when lawmakers return to the capitol in St. Paul for the regular session.
One of Sen. Torrey Westrom's opponents in the race for the new Senate District 12, Ashley Klingbeil of Alexandria, filed a petition with the Minnesota Supreme Court, asking the court to remove Westrom's name from the Nov. 8 ballot. She alleged he had not established residency in the new district and remained at his Elbow Lake home that is no longer in the district.
The Iron Range lawmaker's legacy will include a $25 million law that will help fund research of ALS, which he had for the last year of his life.

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